Reininger To Open Last Exhibition At Long River In Lyme
Lyme artist Stephanie Reininger will commence an exhibition of her work with a gallery opening on Wednesday, March 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Long River Gallery and Gifts. It will be the last exhibition to be held at Long River's Lyme location.
The gallery, just off the town common, will be closing its famed yellow door at the end of March after 25 years in its present location. Closure will allow for the consolidation of the Lyme gallery with that of its newer location in downtown White River Junction.
Long River Gallery's yellow door
According to Dave Celone, proprietor of Long River Gallery and Gifts for the past three years, the White River Junction space began as a temporary pop-up in the late fall of 2016. Running two galleries proved challenging. Particularly since its open hours were staffed by the gallery's artists, coverage for both spaces taxed existing resources. Celone says that once it became evident that having one gallery was preferable, the decision became which location would be better.
Sales at the White River location exceeded expectations. The town, described often as undergoing a renaissance, has a vibrant arts community into which Long River was especially welcomed. White River has a number of attractions--Northern Stage, several new restaurants, the Center for Cartoon Studies--that result in significant foot traffic throughout the town. In addition, Celone noted that the Hotel Coolidge directs customers to the gallery through its hotel lobby. Everything added up to the choice to shutter the Lyme gallery and move permanently to WRJ.
Two of Reininger's works on a Monday morning, awaiting installation for Wednesday's opening
It is fitting that Stephanie Reininger's exhibition will be the swan song to the Lyme location. Her work has been featured and she has often held painting workshops and demonstrations there. In recent years, Reininger has shown her work in a variety of venues, including the AVA Gallery in Lebanon NH and the American Watercolor Society in New York City. When asked how and why she began to paint in watercolors, Reininger has said (and it is my favorite quote) that she was raising children and "it wouldn't set the house on fire."
Artist Stephanie Reininger
The public is, as always, invited to the opening on Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. Meet the artist, sip and nibble the refreshments, and pay a final visit to this venerable space. Long River Gallery and Gifts' new location in White River Junction is at 49 North Main Street, right next to the Junction Frame Shop.
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Susan B. Apel, writer, ArtfulEdge